Kino Lorber Acquires U.S Rights From Indie Sales to Bruno Dumont's France Starring Léa Seydoux
KINO LORBER ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS FROM INDIE SALES TO BRUNO DUMONT’S FRANCE STARRING LÉA SEYDOUX
A poignant satire on contemporary mainstream media, the film world premiered in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
“Flamboyantly lavish visually, and dramatically pitched on an epic scale... A take-no-prisoners attack on the digital era ‘Society of the Spectacle.’” – Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
“A biting satire of the contemporary TV news landscape, it’s a work of brash juxtapositions and unruly social commentary.” – Jordan Cronk, Reverse Shot
“A satire hybrid bolstered by one helluva committed Lea Seydoux performance… Dumont's latest is a fantastically pleasurable cinematic delight.” – Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA
New York, NY – August 2, 2021 – Kino Lorber announces that it has acquired U.S. rights to master French director Bruno Dumont’s latest film, France. At once a poignant satire on the absurdities of mainstream media and a searing portrait of vacuous success and stardom, the film had its world premiere in Competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Kino Lorber previously released Dumont’s films Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), Li’l Quinquin (2014), Slack Bay (2016), and Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (2019).
Set in contemporary Paris, France stars Léa Seydoux as France de Meurs, a celebrity journalist juggling her television studio, a distant war, and the rush of her family life. Her frantic high-profile world turns upside down after she injures a pedestrian in a traffic accident. This unexpected eruption of reality puts everything in her life into question. As France attempts to slow down and retreat into a simpler, anonymous life, her fame continues to pursue her until a mystified love affair seems to put an end to her quest.
France was negotiated by Kino Lorber Senior Vice President Wendy Lidell and Nicolas Eschbach of Indie Sales.
“We are delighted to work once again with Kino Lorber’s longtime friend, Bruno Dumont,” said Lidell. “The film’s send-up of broadcast media and the cult of celebrity could not be more relevant. With France, Bruno demonstrates anew his fearlessness in pushing his own creative envelope and his willingness to turn genre conventions on their head. It is yet another affirmation of his daring stylistic approach and singular view of contemporary society.”
Dumont echoed the excitement, adding: “France in America! Back at Kino Lorber! Yeah!"
France will be released in theaters in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada starting December 10 with a run at Film at Lincoln Center in New York. The theatrical release will be followed by a VOD release on Kino Now and home video.
Bruno Dumont directed his first feature film at the age of 38: The Life of Jesus in 1997, shot in Bailleul, his native town. This film earned him immediate recognition: selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, it received a Special Mention for the Caméra d’Or. Exploring a demanding, singular, raw cinematographic path, Dumont returned to Cannes in 1999 with Humanity, in Official Competition. He was awarded with the Grand Prix and a double prize for the performances of the film’s two non-professional actors. Dumont moved away from the North of France to shoot Twentynine Palms in the California desert, a road movie selected at the Venice Film Festival in 2003. In 2006, Flanders, an unflinching film about the ravages of war, received the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Dumont then directed two films on the themes of religion, mysticism, and their drifts: Hadewijch and Outside Satan. After a biopic with Juliette Binoche (Camille Claudel 1915), Dumont opened up to a new audience with the brilliant success of the mini-series Li’l Quinquin, a much more comedic project than his previous works. He continued on the same burlesque path with Slack Bay, which was presented in Official Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He then turned his attention to the tragic fate of Joan of Arc and directed the musical Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc, selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2017 and then Joan of Arc, selected at Un Certain Regard in 2019, where he received a Special Mention from the jury.
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With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.